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2 Kings 10:1-17 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to them that brought up Ahab's children, saying , 1 Now there were in Samaria seventy sons of the house of Ahab. So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria: to the officials of Jezreel, to the elders and to the guardians of Ahab's children. He said,
2 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master's sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and armour; 2 "As soon as this letter reaches you, since your master's sons are with you and you have chariots and horses, a fortified city and weapons,
3 Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house. 3 choose the best and most worthy of your master's sons and set him on his father's throne. Then fight for your master's house."
4 But they were exceedingly afraid , and said , Behold, two kings stood not before him: how then shall we stand ? 4 But they were terrified and said, "If two kings could not resist him, how can we?"
5 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying , We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king : do thou that which is good in thine eyes. 5 So the palace administrator, the city governor, the elders and the guardians sent this message to Jehu: "We are your servants and we will do anything you say. We will not appoint anyone as king; you do whatever you think best."
6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying , If ye be mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master's sons, and come to me to Jezreel by to morrow this time. Now the king's sons, being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought them up . 6 Then Jehu wrote them a second letter, saying, "If you are on my side and will obey me, take the heads of your master's sons and come to me in Jezreel by this time tomorrow." Now the royal princes, seventy of them, were with the leading men of the city, who were rearing them.
7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel. 7 When the letter arrived, these men took the princes and slaughtered all seventy of them. They put their heads in baskets and sent them to Jehu in Jezreel.
8 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying , They have brought the heads of the king's sons. And he said , Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning. 8 When the messenger arrived, he told Jehu, "They have brought the heads of the princes." Then Jehu ordered, "Put them in two piles at the entrance of the city gate until morning."
9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out , and stood , and said to all the people, Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these? 9 The next morning Jehu went out. He stood before all the people and said, "You are innocent. It was I who conspired against my master and killed him, but who killed all these?
10 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the LORD hath done that which he spake by his servant Elijah. 10 Know then, that not a word the LORD has spoken against the house of Ahab will fail. The LORD has done what he promised through his servant Elijah."
11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks , and his priests, until he left him none remaining. 11 So Jehu killed everyone in Jezreel who remained of the house of Ahab, as well as all his chief men, his close friends and his priests, leaving him no survivor.
12 And he arose and departed , and came to Samaria. And as he was at the shearing house in the way, 12 Jehu then set out and went toward Samaria. At Beth Eked of the Shepherds,
13 Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said , Who are ye? And they answered , We are the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen. 13 he met some relatives of Ahaziah king of Judah and asked, "Who are you?" They said, "We are relatives of Ahaziah, and we have come down to greet the families of the king and of the queen mother."
14 And he said , Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them. 14 "Take them alive!" he ordered. So they took them alive and slaughtered them by the well of Beth Eked--forty-two men. He left no survivor.
15 And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered , It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot. 15 After he left there, he came upon Jehonadab son of Recab, who was on his way to meet him. Jehu greeted him and said, "Are you in accord with me, as I am with you?" "I am," Jehonadab answered. "If so," said Jehu, "give me your hand." So he did, and Jehu helped him up into the chariot.
16 And he said , Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot. 16 Jehu said, "Come with me and see my zeal for the LORD." Then he had him ride along in his chariot.
17 And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the LORD, which he spake to Elijah. 17 When Jehu came to Samaria, he killed all who were left there of Ahab's family; he destroyed them, according to the word of the LORD spoken to Elijah.